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Incredible Timelapse of New York City Hand-Drawn by Patrick Vale

By Hanssie on June 14th 2015

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My drawing ability is severely limited to glorified stick figures (that’s a stick figure with fingers, toes and hair). I failed beginning drawing in junior high and never looked back. Drawing is just not my forte.

But for some, illustrating is an incredible (and enviable) talent, such as London-based illustrator Patrick Vale. He recently, “spent a very cold afternoon on top of a very tall building in New York. The view was jaw-dropping…” Vale says of his latest pen and ink piece, Colossus. The tall building was none other than Rockefeller Center, and Vale spent the day there taking photos, making rough sketches and enduring the freezing weather. He went back to his studio and meticulously drew the skyline of New York City. In the following 2.5 minute timelapse, New York materializes before our very eyes under the free hand of Vale’s pen.  The intricate detail of each building is magically created and formed onto 3 sheets of very large A1 paper. It was later scanned and enlarged into wall size.

[REWIND: ARTIST CREATES PENCIL DRAWINGS YOU WON’T BELIEVE AREN’T PHOTOGRAPHS]

Watching the process is fascinating, especially for someone who has no drawing ability like myself. But even a master like Vale makes errors, as you can see almost a minute in the video (at around 0:50 seconds). You can see Vale begin to draw the Empire State Building, only to erase and re-create it again, perfectly. Simply incredible.

Watch Colossus By Pat Vale

You can see more of Patrick’s incredible work by following his Instagram and Facebook.

[Via Colossal/Vimeo]

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com. Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Daniel Hollister

    That is just amazing :-)

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  2. Thomas Horton

    “The intricate detail of each building is magically created and formed onto 3 sheets of very large A1 paper.”

    I am glad the artist did not choose to use the small A1 sized paper. :)

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  3. Thomas Horton

    I am always impressed and more than a bit envious at people who can draw. Perhaps that’s why I took up photography… I can’t draw! LoL

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  4. Jesper Ek

    Give him a camera…

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    • Thomas Horton

      He had a camera

      “Vale spent the day there taking photos, making rough sketches and enduring the freezing weather.”

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  5. Graham Curran

    Somebody’s spelling checker isn’t working. ;)

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    • Hanssie

      Dammit. It never works on the title bar…but coincidentally, that thing actually was broken yesterday, but I made sure I doubled checked everything…but the title. Well, you can only be perfect 99% of the time.

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  6. Brian McCue

    Great talent! Wonder how long the process took?

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  7. Barry Chapman

    If he had a better camera he could have just enlarged the photos and saved himself the trouble ;-)

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